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A somewhat mosquito ridden paradise


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Yes! And False Solomon's Seal, and presumably there's a difference, though I can't swear to it. I've planted it like three times, in various places, and it is never sure if it wants to survive or peter out. I expect one of these springs I'll turn around and find I've got a six-foot-wide clump of it that came up apparently out of nowhere, but it hasn't happened yet.

Imaging two customers arguing over a Solomon's Seal at the nursery, with the solution being to divide it and give each half.

!!!!! Niiiiiiiiiiiice.....

It seems to favor a deep leaf mulch, in my experience; it's happiest when oak leaves are dropping on it and never removed. (Which makes sense. As a North American native, it evolved without earthworms chomping stuff down into soil.)

The variegated variety is a very elegant, graceful plant.

I don't know about growing them, but I can tell the difference - Solomon's Seal flowers are like little bells hanging down below the leaves. False Solomon's Seal has a big fluffy sort of flower at the end of the stalk. The leaves are different too, but you really have to be looking for it.

In my best botanical-plate herbal I have a pretty, curving stalk of European King Solomon's Seal pressed and dried from when I picked it at a castle ruin in Southern Germany where it grew in the woods around the broken walls. That was over 25 years ago, but I still have it; that book is *stuffed* with flattened herbs that I picked over there: Meadowsweet, Aaron's Rod, Cranefoot, Silver-root, Fumitory, Nun's Sorrel, Coltsfoot, Sweet Woodruff, Water Mint, German Chamomile, Angelica, Yarrow, Tansey..... Castle ruins in that country are paradise if you like hunting herbs.

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